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Hitler's Holy Relics: A True Story of Nazi Plunder and the Race to Recover the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Facinating story!

    Incredible story of the hunt for stolen Nazi art treasures. Well written. I dont typically find non fiction to be that engrosing, but I truly enjoyed this adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    I was impressed!

    This book almost seemed impossible it's plotline until I realized it wasn't a Dan Brown fiction. The author lived one of the most engaging historical mysteries of modern times and ine of the oddiest stories ever to come to light after World War 2. Worth reading if you are into history and mystery.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2011

    A WWII investigation almost lost in history

    This reading tells the story of Walter Horn, an expatriate German art historian who joins US Army intelligence to become an interrogator on the European theater. During his tour of duty, he leads a mostly one man investigation into the disappearance of priceless treasure, the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. Along the way, he discovers a darker, edgier side to the Nazi regime. The Nazi Party is not just a political movement but a secular one as well. Horn must unravel this mystery in just three weeks, and he uncovers the truth behind Hitler's and his right hand man's, Heinrich Himmler, insane plans for a new European empire.
    For me, I couldn't believe that a single man went through this much investigation and adventure. The reading provides lengthy descriptions of otherwise little known artifacts of the Old World. This reading portrays the opposing forces in a more disturbing manner rather than a more popularly portrayed gruesome aspect. For one, Nazis believed in the mystical power of ancient Aryan runes and American occupational services were paying former Nazis to prepare Nurnberg's judicial buildings for the Nurnberg Trials. If you like reading about WWII in Europe or a mild adventure, I would recommend this book.

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

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    How Hitler thought he could become the Aryan Jesus

    A fascinating book which pays homage to the work of Walther Horn, a German born American soldier serving in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives unit of the American Third Army during their occupation of defeated Nazi Germany in 1945-1947.
    This remarkable man and his courageous colleagues strived to preserve what was left of German and other European art, architecture and cultural assets from the destroyed place that was post-surrender Germany. The story mainly is concerned with the search for and recovery of the missing Crown Jewels of the old Holy Roman Empire. The Nazis plundered art and the cultural heritage of the nations they seized and used the German history and cultural artifacts of their own country to serve the demented Aryan beliefs of Hitler and his henchmen. Chief among them was the SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler. This racist man, responsible for the mass slaughter of millions of innocents, developed the strangest notions of Aryan history and supremacy only surpassed by those ideas and plans of his leader, Adolf Hitler.
    This thoroughly documented work takes us for an exciting and memorable journey into some of the mystical and unexplainable depths of the Nazi ideology not well known to most people today. With riveting narrative and lengthy explainations of characters and obscure symbology, the author brings these esoteric subjects into the stark world of blood and bones and fire that was the Nazis' infamous heritage. Hopefully, never to be repeated and never to be forgotten. This book is worth the effort and opens the world to a history that is glorious yet easily manipulated by the devils among us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Great book.

    Lots and lots of insider info if you're into WW2 History, etc...

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